By Jim den Hollander
Members of the Sauk Prairie Eagles and Badger Lightning varsity hockey teams offered a bit of payback to the organization that helped turn them into solid high school players, taking and wearing coach hats for the Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey Association Thursday morning.
Taking advantage of some professional teacher days at their respective schools, the varsity players rank three one-hour sessions for members of the youth hockey organization at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC).
The first hour for was for squirt and 12U-aged players with peewees/14u taking the ice for the second and third hours.
Among the seniors who took the reins on the early morning sessions was Nick Mast and Hakan Peterson, incoming seniors for the Sauk Prairie Eagles, a team that has the bar set high this season after back-to-back trips to Sectional semis in previous campaigns. Also in attendance was Signe Begalski, a senior with the Badger Lightning also looking for big things with the entire 2020-21 team elibigible to return and some promising freshmen skaters as well.
The Camp took place on the eve of the opening weekend for some of the SPYHA teams and just a few weeks from opening practices for the varsity teams as well.